What is Marlissa?
Marlissa is a birth control pill that offers over 99% protection from pregnancy . It’s a combined birth control pill, which means it contains two active ingredients, an estrogen and a progesterone hormone. These work by stopping you from ovulating and altering your menstrual cycle. Some women find it also helps them have more regular and lighter periods.
The same dose and hormone formulation in Marlissa is used in other pills too, like Levora, Nordette and Seasonale. So if you’ve used these pills before and they worked well for you, it’s likely Marlissa will work well too.
Even though Marlissa is very effective if you use it exactly right, it’s slightly less effective if you make a mistake while taking it. So it’s advised to follow the instructions with it to help make sure it’s as effective as possible.
Is there more than one dose of Marlissa?
Marlissa is only available in one dosage, which is 1.5mg/30mcg. You can get other pills that have the same hormones but with a lower level of estrogen, like Lutera or Aviane. If you take Marlissa but get side effects from it, your doctor might recommend one of these pills instead.
On the other hand, if you have issues tolerating Marlissa, you can try the mini pill, which doesn’t contain estrogen.
How does Marlissa work?
The contraceptive pill works in three ways to make pregnancy less likely.
The main way is by stopping your body from ovulating. If you don’t ovulate, then you don’t produce an egg to be fertilized by sperm. Something else the pill does is stops your uterine lining from layering up, so it can’t harbor an egg when it has been fertilized. Also, the hormones in the pill make your cervical fluid thicker, and this makes it much more difficult for sperm to swim through.